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Boozy breakfast cocktails to sip on while watching the royal wedding

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The wait is almost over and we’re counting down the hours until the big day. Just in case you haven’t marked it down in your calendars, we’re talking about the highly anticipated royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (CTV’s live coverage begins May 19 at 4 a.m. ET). And although we didn’t receive the formal invite to St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, we’re tuning in super early to watch the live televised coverage here at home.

Yup, the soon-to-be royal couple say “I do” at noon their time, which means 7 a.m. EST for us Canadians. While many will use the nuptials as an excuse to enjoy a traditional English breakfast, we don’t blame you for wanting to swap out tea for a cool, refreshing alcoholic beverage — after all, the epic occasion does call for a celebration. Whether you’re watching the royal wedding from the comfort of your bed or celebrating with friends at a viewing party, say cheers to Harry and Meghan with these delicious boozy cocktails.

Orange Champagne Punch

If you’re hosting a royal wedding viewing party, we promise your guests will appreciate the awakening citrusy combo of orange, lemon and lime juice of this easy-to-make champagne punch recipe. Simply combine juices into a pitcher and chill overnight and right before serving, stir in champagne or prosecco. This recipe is good for up to 16-20 people — we promise your guests will ask for seconds.

Starfruit Cocktail

Whether you’re preparing a hearty breakfast or serving bite-sized breakfast treats, surprise your friends with this sweet starfruit cocktail. To whip up this drink, all you need is starfruit, simple syrup and sparkling wine. Serve in fun tumblers, and remember, pinkies up.

New Old-Fashioned Cocktail

If Harry and Meghan were a cocktail, they’d be this new old-fashioned — a classic drink with a modern twist. For this recipe, you’ll need simple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon. Totally nontraditional, we know, but you’ll be surprised at how the cinnamon pairs perfectly orange and bourbon.

Berry Rosé Sangria

When isn’t sangria a hit at a party? In a pitcher, combine rosé, simple syrup, lime, strawberries, raspberries and chill up to six hours. Just before serving, add ice and lime-lemon soda. To stay on theme with the royal wedding, we suggest serving sangria in fun floral teacups.

Aperol Spritz

Not only is a glass of Aperol spritz total Instagram bait, but this drink pairs deliciously with any sweet pastry (we recommend trying Oven-Baked French Toast).  Show off your mixology skills and serve in large Collins glasses and garnish with an orange wedge. Cheers!

Orange Rosé Champagne Cocktail

Looking to add some flavour to your champagne? There’s no better way than by adding a splash of rosé wine. This cocktail requires rosé, triple sec, orange bitters and zest. Serve in your fanciest tumbler and don’t forget to garnish with blueberries and blackberries.

Rose Prosecco Cocktail

What’s a royal wedding viewing party without rose inspired cocktails? Table decor tip: Serve drinks in champagne flutes and place on a chrome serving tray covered in white rose petals, for that extra royal touch.

Raspberry Rosé Mojito

Treat yourself with this refreshing, minty mojito. Made with fresh raspberries, the additional tartness to the cocktail is sure to wake your senses early Saturday morning. Best of all, this drink is quick (five minutes) and super easy to make. We promise you’ll want to make it again later in the evening…maybe during the royal wedding recap special.

Don’t miss CTV News’ live special Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding Saturday, May 19, starting at 4 a.m. ET on CTV and CTV.ca.

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